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anyone in the army who has been told you have to watch this thing and that's how don't ask don't tell will be repealed you might want to run this one back up the chain. thanks for your service. good night. "first look" is up next. >> sticker shock. with gas prices hitting $4, president obama launches a plan of attack at the pump. snatch and run. a robbery suspect attacks an elderly woman on a new york city sidewalk. and dropping the ball. a world famous soccer team's trophy becomes a speed bump after it falls in front of a bus. painful to watch. good morning, everyone, i'm lynn berry. those stories and more are straight ahead. this is "first look" on msnbc.
we begin this morning with a crude awakening. gas prices have been on the rise for months. and with parts of the nation now paying more than $4 a gallon, there appears to be no end in sight. the president has even launched a federal investigation amid -- aimed, rather, at finding out if oil markets are being manipulated to drive prices even higher. our tracy potts joins us from washington with more on that. tracy, good morning. >> reporter: lynn, good morning. president obama has announced that the justice department is putting together a task force to look at fraud and manipulation in the oil markets as prices continue to rise. >> reporter: the national average for a gallon of gas is about 30 cents higher than it was a month ago. >> $45 and still going. and it's probably not even -- it's still not even full. >> reporter: americans are frustrated. >> what's the point? i'm working for gas. >> they're going to have to start taking out a loan for gas
now. >> reporter: they're desperate. >> i'm hoping because i'll have to get rid of one of our cars. >> reporter: is it all about the market or is there price manipulation going on? the justice department's pulling together a task force to investigate. >> we're going to make sure that nobody's taking advantage of american consumers. for their own short-term gain. >> reporter: the financial fraud enforcement working group will look at traders and speculators, although so far, there's no evidence of wrongdoing. >> the bottom line is, many of these speculative activities might be perfectly legal. >> reporter: looking ahead to summer, analysts say expect things to get worse. >> we're looking at about $4.45, somewhere close to $4.40, $4.50 and then starting to come back down right around october of this year. >> it makes me want to invest in a bike or something, you know? >> reporter: in fact, some people already have. lynn, some analysts say we could see $6 a gallon sometime this summer. >> ouch.
tracy, thank you. and as gas prices have gone up, not surprisingly, america's optimism on the economy has gone in the opposite direction. according to a new "new york times"/cbs poll, the nation's mood is its lowest in two years. the survey shows those who think the economy is getting worse has jumped 13% in just one month. and, of course, this is all bad news for the president. only 38% approve of his handling of the economy. well, the pentagon says president obama has approved the use of armed predator drones in libya in a move seemingly aimed at breaking a deadlock between fighters and pro-government forces. according to defense secretary robert gates, this is the first time the unmanned aircraft will be used for air strikes since the conflict began. me meanwhile in misrata, air strikes have reportedly strengthened the rebel offensive. here's a look at other
stories going on around america today. in morning, a security camera was rolling when a 78-year-old woman fell victim to a brazen thief. the unsuspecting victim was walking with her husband when the suspect sneaked up behind and grabbed her purse. fortunately, the fall only caused some minor damages. no arrest has been made. in pennsylvania, fire companies arrived on the scene of a blaze inside a high school undergoing renovations. the school was empty at the time the fire erupted, and thankfully no one was hurt. authorities investigating the cause say they're focusing on an air-conditioning unit. in kentucky, it was a reversal of roles for several firefighters. the company was en route to a call when their truck drifted off the road and flipped over, clipping another truck. the firefighters had to be cut from their car before being taken to the hospital. and also from the bluegrass state, major league baseball and louisville slugger are teaming up to take a swing at breast
cancer. more than 250 players will be swinging for the fences with pink bats on mother's day. the bats will later be sold at auction to benefit the cancer-fighting charity susan g. komen for the cure. now for a look at your national weather, let's check in with meteorologist bill karins. bill, how's it going? >> no one likes a soggy easter basket. >> no. let's see what we can do about that. >> a lot of people wondering what the forecast will be. let me take you through your weekend starting with now. we have bad weather to deal with today. that's going to track through the ohio valley and tonight and tomorrow morning through the northeast. it's going to be in the form of heavy rain. we could even have tornadoes later on today, too. we have to watch out in missouri, southern illinois, possibly even areas of arkansas and kentucky. so here's the setup this morning. the white is the clouds. the green is the rain. so we have a new system heading through the middle of the country. the northeast, you're okay today, but it's a cold, chilly morning in many spots.
enjoy sunshine this morning. then the rain later on tonight with the storm in the heartland. now, the areas warm today, near record heat. texas, louisiana, down along the gulf coast, you're going to be very warm. it's this warm air coming into the cooler air that's going to cause the problems later on today. so we do have a severe weather threat out there. this is our slight risk area this time. it could go up to a moderate risk later today. but if you're in this yellow from st. louis to indianapolis just south of chicago all through the louisville, indianapolis area back outside here ft. smith, arkansas, you have a chance of severe storms later today and even the possibility of tornadoes. now, the flood threat is the big concern. this is the mississippi river. then this is the ohio river. all these counties colored in green here is where we have flood warnings. there's already flooding happening right now. and then on top of this, we have a flood watch in effect for this entire region because we're going to get nailed with the possibility of two to four inches of rain over the next 48 hours. and we may even extend that into sunday, too.
so we're predicting as much as 2 1/2 inches in pittsburgh, 2 1/2 inches in indianapolis. this area will get drenched along the ohio river. not only a chance of severe weather but flooding on top of it. it's going to be messy out there. unfortunately we'll probably have property damage, too. as far as the forecast for today, there's the thunderstorms in the middle of the country. if you're in boston, philly, new york, d.c., it's a cold, chilly morning. you'll have sun, but then clouds will move in. i don't think washington, d.c., your rain won't happen probably till the evening rush hour or later. during the day, you're dry. as we take you into saturday, all the rain that was in the middle of the country heads east. it's going to be a soggy start through much of new england and down through the mid-atlantic. then during the afternoon, it should improve a little bit. by the time we get to easter sunday, we're not bad on the eastern seaboard. it should be okay. but a new storm in the middle of the country will bring us stormy weather. lynn, the bottom line is that it's a fast-moving weather pattern. this is the way it's been all
spring. you have one nice day. then the next day it's rainy and crummy. that's the case into the weekend. >> some indoor easter egg hunts. there's more shocking news about your smartphone. another toyota recall. and an end to that barbie/bratz battle. your first look at the morning's business headlines is ahead. pacers and sixers are taken to the limit. the stanley cup champions flex their muscle. and the bruin need overtime to get even. you're watching "first look" on msnbc.
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welcome back to "first look." i'm lynn berry. and here's some of the top stories making news this morning. nevada senator john ensign says he will resign today amid an ethics investigation. the republican lawmaker has acknowledged having an affair with a former staffer and helping her husband, also a staffer, find a lobbying position. still, he insists he's done
nothing wrong. pakistani intelligence officials say at least 25 people have been killed in a u.s. missile strike on a home along the afghan border. there are unconfirmed reports that some civilians are among the dead. the strike happened in a region of pakistan known for its taliban presence and comes one day after pakistan's army chief denounced such attacks as counterproductive. well x in honor of this weekend's 21st birthday of the hubble space telescope, nasa has released this photo. the picture shows one galaxy being distorted by the gravitational pull of a smaller neighbor. and it took 18 years for the soccer team real madrid to win back a trophy only to watch it get crushed under the wheels of a bus. ouch! players were celebrating when one of them accidentally dropped it. you don't want to be that guy. the trophy is now being
repaired. if it can be. now here's your first look at how wall street will kick off the day. the dow closed at 12,505 after climbing 52. the s&p added 7 points. the nasdaq rose 17. taking a look at overseas trading, in tokyo, the nikkei dipped 3 points. but in hong kong, the hang seng gained 242. well, despite u.s. markets being closed today for good friday, upbeat earnings helped them and the holiday-shortened week on a high note. investors overlooked weak economic data and drove stocks higher thursday after apple's impressive earnings. meanwhile, crude prices continued to climb while the price of gold hit another record high. verizon slipped 2% after its first quarter profit more than tripled. but average user revenue rose less than expected. earnings at general electric, a minority owner of this network, rose 77%, but shares slid in response to weak industrial revenue. mcdonald's dipped despite strong
sales after a warning from the fast food chain about rising costs worried investors. meanwhile, fast food rival yum brands, kfc, taco bell and pizza hut reported earnings. controversy over tracking devices in iphones. this morning's "wall street journal" reports androids and smartphones both routinely transmit location data back to apple and google, helping them tap into a growing multibillion-dollar market for location-based services. a lot of people upset about that. toyota is recalling more than 200,000 rav 4s and nearly 100,000 highlander suvs over potential air bag problems. a federal jury ruled mattel does not own the sketches or the idea for the popular bratz dolls made by mga entertainment. despite its claim, the doll's designer made the drawings while
employed at mattel. and finally, not sure what to do with a drawer full of old t-shirts? well, for about 250 bucks, you can have them sewn into a soft and cuddly ecofriendly quilt. there you go. well, celebrations surrounding england's royal wedding will be under way by this time next week. first, westminster abbey played host to a special mass that coincided with queen elizabeth's birthday, england's longest-serving monarch. we have this report. >> reporter: they will celebrate the marriage of a new generation of royals at westminster abbey next week. today was a time to reflect on the passing years. pensioners assembled for the monarch. she handed them pouchs containing commemorative coins to mark their service to church and community.
but inevitably, there are questions about the length of service we can expect from a queen who at 85 is considerably older than most of those she met today. >> if she lived to be 100, i think it would be quite difficult for an executive head of state to be concentrating on all the necessary papers and so forth and so it is possible, i suppose, at that stage it might be a regency, but meanwhile, the queen is extremely on top of everything. >> reporter: the queen carried out 444 official engagements last year including overseas tours. there's no sign of her slowing down. palace officials say her diary is as full as ever. and the pensioners she met were suitably impressed. how long do you think she can carry on? >> well, as long as she can. it's entirely up to her. till god takes her upstairs. >> reporter: but at 85, she's still doing the job? >> yeah, she's doing a great
job. >> she keeps going. she doesn't look like she's ill. she doesn't look like she has pains. like me, i have pains. >> reporter: she's older than you, isn't she? >> she's older, five years. >> reporter: there was a 21-gun salute to mark the queen's birthday. however, tireless she may be, many of her official duties will gradually pass to a younger generation. the royal family could stop the traffic, but they cannot stop the march of time. itv news, westminster abbey. and a reminder for you, in exactly one week, do not forget to set your alarm bright and early. tune in for complete team coverage of the royal wedding of prince william and kate middleton. all the fess activiti fest acti covered. it begins at 3:00 a.m. eastern time right here on msnbc. well, the orphaned dodgers managed to ignore all that
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he did it all season long, and now derrick rose is carrying the bulls in the playoffs. to indy for game three against the pacers, back and forth game until the end. rose driving into a crowd and gets the layup to fall between three defenders. chicago takes the lead with only 17 seconds left. pacers have one final shot. forget the tie. they go for the win, but danny granger is off the mark from downtown. bulls hold on, 88-84. they could close out the pacers tomorrow. the heat also have a 3-0 lead in their series. after beating the sixers. check out the great move by lebron james. dribbles behind the back, feeds wade for the dunk. miami pulls away in the fourth quarter. flash finishing with a game high 32. heat win. the trail blazers got in the win column. this puts the blazers up by 11. portland wins, 97-92. game four is tomorrow. nhl after dropping the first two games, the bruins battle
back to tie the series with the ka facanadiens in dramatic fash. the second goal of the night is the game winner. boston has hit their stride. they win 5-4 in overtime. the blackhawks, facing elimination for the second straight game, their offense comes to life again. they drop a five spot on the canucks. blackhawks win, 5-0, and trail 3-2 in the series. and finally, the l.a. dodgers front office is in shambles, but that hasn't aff t affected their play on the field. taking on the braves tied at 3-3 in the 12th, matt kemp ends it with one swing. a two-run walkoff homer. the dodgers are 2-0 under new management after a 5-3 win in extras. and that's your first look at sports. i'm mario solis. and now for another quick look at the weather, here's nbc meteorologist bill karins with the weather channel forecast. hello once again, bill. >> people are coming in and complaining. they're saying it's cold, and it is. a look at the temperatures. in the cities, not as bad.
41 in new york and philadelphia, but the suburbs very cold. connecticut, aren't haound hart it's 31. you definitely need the heavier coat. later this afternoon, as the clouds move in, it will be a chilly day. much chillier than yesterday was. and the same goes for d.c., too. we have clear skies. but look out behind me. this is all the white. this is the clouds that will increase during the day. whatever sunshine you get this morning, appreciate it. it's going to be cloudy probably the rest of this afternoon, tonight, saturday looks to be a cloudy day. and only some breaks of sunshine in this region on sunday. so as i mentioned, enjoy the nice weather while it lasts. rain will move into the forecast. pittsburgh during your day today. d.c. and philadelphia not till late this afternoon into this evening. i think new york city's going to be dry. as we go to saturday, theat's when all the wet weather heads this way. >> bill, thanks so much. mel gibson opens up about his infamous phone recordings.
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welcome back to "first look." i'm lynn berry. and it's time now for your entertainment news. there are very few things that are a sure thing in hollywood. but it seems tyler perry's madea franchise may be one of them. perry returns as a sassy grandmother in "madea's big happy family." it will easily come out in the top spot this weekend with an expected 32 million bucks. and last weekend's top flick the 3-2 animated bird adventure
"rio" should take two with around $26 million. the other big opener, "water for elephants" starring reese witherspoon and rob pattinson. it got lukewarm reviews, but with the help of pattinson's twihard fans, it could take as much as $20 million. mel gibson has broken his silence over those explosive phone recordings leaked by his ex. he tells deadline hollywood that while he regrets what he said on the tapes, he claims they were edited and he has, quote, never treated anyone badly or in a discriminatory way based on their gender, race, religion or sexuality, period. so let this be a lesson to you, bill karins. >> so we need to go back and make a lot of corrections? >> let this be a lesson. you never know when there could be a recording device. >> sitting around. >> sitting around this table. >> that could be edited. >> that could be edited unfairly and need an explanation over and over and over again. yes.
>> as long as you don't say roll the tape on bill, i'm okay at this point. >> there are many incriminating things i could probably go to. i'm lynn berry, and this is "first look" on msnbc. stay tuned. "way too early with willie geist" starts right now. >> from the offices of facebook to the hills of hollywood, president obama last night wrapping up his swing through the west coast by pitching his deficit plan to some of the richest folks in the country. the question is can he convince his own fiscal commission that his plan trumps the republicans. the u.s. is adding unmanned drones to its arsenal in libya. the question is, is gadhafi finally in american sights? and you can almost hear the mvp chants. what that's chants from chicago. bulls fans are satisfied. derrick rose contained for most of the night but still makes it